Coinages (part two)--"deniability"

Jesse T Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Jan 25 09:26:08 UTC 2000

> Safire's New Political Dictionary quotes Elizabeth Drew's usage of
> "deniability" in 1978.
> I find it used as a philosophical term in 1905 and in the bureaucratic
> usage in 1974:

The OED has an example of _deniability_ from a letter of S.T.
Coleridge in 1804.

Jesse Sheidlower
Oxford English Dictionary
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